Aeolian-Skinner Organ Company Opus 927
1935 Three Manuals
68 Stops, 70 Ranks, 4,215 Pipes


Opus 927 replaced a 1906 organ by the Hall Organ Company of West Haven, Connecticut, and which was located behind the present organ cases. It is a double organ, having three manuals and pedals in the Gallery Organ and two manuals and pedals in the Chancel Organ. Three Pedal stops from the Hall Organ were retained in the Aeolian-Skinner Organ; the Chancel Pedal Bourdon, the Gallery Pedal Bourdon, and the Gallery Pedal Violone. All of the other pipework and mechanical equipment dates from the 1935 installation.

In 1949 several tonal alterations were carried out in the Chancel Organ, including the elimination of the expression box of the Great division, the addition of a 2’ Fifteenth and mixture to the same division. The Chancel Choir division also received several tonal alterations, some of which were reversed in subsequent alterations in 1975. No tonal changes were carried out in the Gallery Organ with the exception of the addition of a period Aeolian-Skinner Vox Humana to the Swell Organ, and the addition of a Tuba placed atop the expressive divisions, both of these latter from the famous Skinner Organ Opus 851 in Hartford’s Trinity College chapel.

Opus 927 is one of the few instruments from its period to survive relatively unaltered. The Gallery Organ in particular has been carefully preserved, apart from the two additions mentioned above, one of which (the Vox Humana) had been prepared-for when the organ was built. As such, this organ gives us an interesting glimpse into the fascinating period that saw its creation.

The restoration of Opus 927 was completed in 1994, concluding a series of major repairs begun some years earlier. It enjoys regular use in an active church music program, and does a superb job of accompanying three choirs as well as a large congregation. In the hands of a skilled musician, this instrument is comfortable playing much of the literature for the organ. Opus 927 is one of the finest organs of its period to come from the Boston shops of the Aeolian-Skinner Organ Company. For more than two decades it has been played by Mr. Walden Moore, Organist-Choirmaster of Trinity Church.


Great (Gallery)
	16' 	Sub Principal 		61
	8' 	Principal 		61
	8' 	Diapason 		61
	8' 	Bourdon 		61
	8' 	Gemshorn 		61
	4' 	Octave 			61
	4' 	Gemshorn 		61
	2 2/3' 	Quint 			61
	2' 	Super Octave 		61
	1 3/5' 	Tierce 			61
	IV	Fourniture 		244
	8' 	Trumpet 		61
	4' 	Clarion 		61
		Chimes			Choir
		
		
Choir (Gallery)
        16' 	Contra Gemshorn 	73
	8' 	Spitzflote 		73
	8' 	Lieblich Gedeckt 	73
	8' 	Dulciana 		73
	8' 	Unda Maris 		64
	4' 	Gemshorn 		73
	4' 	Lieblich Flote 		73
	2 2/3' 	Nazard 			61
	2' 	Piccolo 		61
	1 3/5' 	Tierce 			61
	V	Sesquialtera 		305  (prepared)
	8' 	Trompette 		73
	8' 	English Horn 		73
	8' 	Clarinet 		73
		Tremolo
	8' 	Tuba 			73 (Horizontal, unenclosed)
Swell (Gallery)
	16' 	Lieblich Gedeckt 	73
	8' 	Geigen Principal 	73
	8' 	Stopped Diapason 	73
	8' 	Viol de Gambe 		73
	8' 	Voix Celeste 		73
	8' 	Flute Celeste II 	134
	4' 	Octave Geigen 		73
	4' 	Flute Harmonique 	73
	2' 	Fifteenth 		61
	VI	Plein Jeu 		366
	16' 	Bombarde 		73
	8' 	Trompette 		73
	8' 	Oboe 			73
	8' 	Vox Humana 		73
		Tremolo
		
		
		
		
		
Pedal (Gallery)
	32' 	Soubasse 		12
	16' 	Principal 		32
	16'	Sub Principal 		Great
	16'	Bourdon 		32
	16' 	Violone 		32
	16' 	Contra Gemshorn 	Choir
	16' 	Lieblich Gedeckt 	Swell
	8' 	Octave 			32
	8' 	Flute Ouverte 		32
	8' 	Gemshorn 		Choir
	8' 	Still Gedeckt 		Swell
	5 1/3' 	Quint 			32
	4' 	Super Octave 		32
	4' 	Flute Harmonique 	32
	2' 	Blockflote 		32  (prepared)
	IV	Mixture			128 (prepared)
	16' 	Bombarde 		32
	8' 	Trompette 		32
	4' 	Clarion 		32
		Chimes 			Great
Great (Chancel)
        8' 	Diapason 		61
	8' 	Rohrflote 		61
	8' 	Erzahler 		61
	4' 	Octave 			61
	2' 	Fifteenth 		61
	IV	Fourniture 		244
	8' 	Trompette 		61
Choir (Chancel)
        8' 	Stopped Diapason 	61
	8' 	Salicional 		61
	8' 	Unda Maris 		49
	4' 	Flute Harmonique 	61
	8' 	Flugel Horn 		61
		Tremulant
		
Pedal (Chancel)
        16' 	Bourdon 		12
	8' 	Principal 		Great
	4' 	Choralbass 		Great
	16' 	Fagotto 		12